Day 1: Australia – – Vancouver
Today, depart Australia to begin your Canada & Alaska holiday! On arrival after clearing customs and immigration formalities make your own way to your hotel. The hotel provides a 24/7 airport shuttle. You can request the hotel shuttle on arrivals Level 2 of both the International and Domestic Terminal. On arrival at your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, your Webjet tour guide will welcome you to Canada!
Day 2: Vancouver – – Kamloops (B,L)
After breakfast, we check-out of our hotel bright and early today and head for the Rocky Mountaineer train station to board one of the World’s best known train journeys. At every service level, Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will attend to your needs. They will welcome you with a morning toast, serve up delicious meals and entertain you with interpretive storytelling.
Today, travel on-board the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior.
Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Tonight, you’ll overnight in the town of Kamloops. The Rocky Mountaineer team will transfer you to your overnight accommodation.
Day 3: Kamloops – – Jasper Area (B,L)
This morning, you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to the train to continue your second day on the Rocky Mountaineer. Enjoy breakfast on the train as you settle into your seat as the train rolls out of Kamloops.
Your rail adventure continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. On arrival in Jasper your guide will meet you at the train station and transfer your hotel. Our hotel is located just a short drive from Jasper in the small mountain town of Hinton. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 4: Jasper Area (B)
Today is a free day to relax and explore this incredible alpine region. There will be an opportunity to head into Jasper to get acquainted with this picturesque town.
Day 5: Jasper Area – Columbia Icefields – Banff Area (B)
After breakfast, we start by heading south on the “Icefields Parkway”, an exciting excursion atop the Athabasca Glacier. To travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada’s national treasures. Stretching 232km (144mi.) through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. Our destination on this parkway, is the “Columbia Icefield”, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains of North America.
Optional Tour: This tour takes visitors onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer; a massive vehicle specially designed for glacial travel. An experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment during this one hour and 20 minute journey—Must be booked prior to departure.
We leave the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre shortly after lunch, and head back South over the parkway towards Banff. Snugly embraced by Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the little town of Banff boasts a big, worldwide reputation. Its charming streets are abuzz year round due to an annual influx of millions of visitors, and this famous mountain resort town caters accordingly with world-class shopping & dining. At first sight it’s apparent why the world is in love with Banff. From the everwatchful Cascade Mountain to the picturesque Bow River, the community is blessed with a spectacular natural setting, woven with parks, woods and trails.
Tonight, you hotel is located just a short drive South of Banff, in the small mountain town of Canmore. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 6: Banff Area (B)
Today is a free day to relax and explore this incredible alpine region. Banff is only a short distance away from Canmore with regular shuttles operating every 30 minutes or why not journey out on one of Canmore’s famed walking trails ranging from short strolls to longer hikes through the Alpine scenery.
Day 7: Banff Area – Lake Louise – Yoho National Park – Golden (B)
This morning we continue our drive heading north to the “Diamond in the Wilderness” otherwise known as Lake Louise. There is time to enjoy the foreshore and gaze at the emerald waters and towering mountains. Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquis of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Following further West from Lake Louise, we pass through Yoho National Park. Cree exclamation of awe, “Yoho” applies perfectly to this park’s big peaks, expansive glaciers, and impressive waterfalls. Add Yoho’s famous fossils and it’s easy to see why this park in the Canadian Rockies is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker’s dream and a railway buff’s delight. We leave Yoho behind us and head for our final destination, Golden. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 8: Golden – Glacier National Park – Revelstoke National Park – Kelowna (B)
After breakfast, we embark on another day of sightseeing through the Trans-Canadian Highway taking us through some of Canada’s awe-inspiring National Parks. There is truly not a bad view to be had over this scenic stretch of the Trans-Canadian Highway, as we pass through Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park, not be confused with its twin in Montana, USA, offers us exceptional alpine scenery and deep valleys filled with ancient forests. It’s a year-round paradise for nature lovers.
Our next park visit is to the mighty Revelstoke. Home to Canada’s only inland cedarhemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. The Giant Cedars boardwalks invite us for a relaxing stroll, or we can enjoy a panoramic view & the meadows of subalpine wildflowers from the summit of Mount Revelstoke. We then continue into the wine region of the Okanagan valley. “The Okanagan”, also known as the Okanagan Valley and sometimes as the Okanagan Country, is a region located in British Columbia, defined by the basin of Okanagan Lake and the Canadian portion of the Okanagan River. It is part of the Okanagan Country, extending into the United States as Okanogan Country. The region’s main hub is Kelowna, our resting place for tonight.
Day 9: Kelowna – Whistler (B)
Today our route takes us on an exciting journey back into British Columbia to the town of Whistler! On arriving in Whistler, check-in to the hotel after which there is free time. Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in Summer, mostly mountain biking. Its pedestrian village center has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. Whistler’s urban landscape was specifically designed to accommodate the natural environment. Many of Whistler’s bears have learned to do things like open car doors or hold spring-closed gates open so they can reach food. Some have even learnt to open the newspaper bins!
Day 10: Whistler (B)
Today is a full day to either relax or explore Whistler at your own pace!
Day 11: Whistler – Vancouver – Seattle (B)
After breakfast we leave the resort town of Whistler behind us and continue straight onwards towards Vancouver. Along Highway 99, between Horseshoe Bay & Squamish, has to be one of the most beautiful roads in the area. With the ocean glimmering on the left and the mountains rising on the right, it is truly enchanting. Enroute enjoy a city tour of Vancouver. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently ranked as one of the “best cities to live in” and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit. We then continue south over the board to the US city of Seattle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! On arrival we check into our hotel for our overnight.
Day 12: Seattle – Embark on cruise (B,D)
Today, your private motor coach will transport you from the hotel to the Seattle cruise port to join your luxury 5 star Celebrity Cruise of the inside passage. After settling into your cabin, kick back and begin to enjoy everything your world class ship has to offer.
Day 13: At Sea (B,L,D)
Enjoy the day at sea on your luxury ship as it makes its way towards the beautiful inside passage.
Day 14: Ketchikan (B,L,D)
You’ve never tasted salmon so fresh. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is also the ancestral home of the Tlingit people, who have carved the world’s largest collection of totem poles. If you’re up for an adventure, take a canoe and nature trail excursion through the rain forest or a wilderness exploration followed by a sumptuous crab feast you can’t resist.
Day 15: Tracy Arm Fjord—Juneau (B,L,D)
Tracy Arm Fjord is book-ended by two of Alaska’s most dramatic glaciers, the North and South Sawyer Glacier, and surrounded by granite walls that rise 3,000 feet from the emerald colored seas, this area has everything you’ve come to Alaska to experience. In Juneau, Here’s your chance to take a glacial dogsled adventure via helicopter in Alaska’s capital (on own account). A city that gracefully balances frontier ruggedness with cosmopolitan flair. Mendenhall Glacier, a river of ice measuring 1.5 miles in width and over 6 miles in length, is part of Juneau’s Icefield, 1500 square miles of ice that feeds 38 glaciers and ready for you to take a float trip on it.
Day 16: Skagway—Inside Passage (B,L,D)
In 1897, gold stampeders from all over the world arrived in Skagway by steamship, bound for the Dawson Gold Fields in Canada’s Yukon Territory. It wasn’t long before the roughand-tumble tent town was festooned with boardwalks, dance halls, inns and saloons. More than 100 years later, Skagway still retains the feel of those Gold Rush days, though most travelers now arrive by cruise.
Enjoy the day at sea on your luxury ship as it makes its way through the beautiful inside passage.
Day 17: At Sea (B,L,D)
Enjoy the day at sea on your luxury ship as it makes its way from the beautiful inside passage.
Day 18: Victoria (B,L,D)
The capital of British Columbia is also its largest island. This one-time British colony has retained much of its colonial splendor. Victoria is a seaside enclave that enjoys a temperate climate. Which is great, because you’ll want to explore all the museums, parks and golf courses Victoria has to offer.
Day 19: Seattle –– Australia (B)
This morning, disembark from your Luxury cruise ship to start your journey home. A Webjet representative will meet you at the port. Before heading back to the airport we embark on a city tour of Seattle. Seattle, also known as “Emerald City,” lies between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, framed by the Olympic Mountains and the Cascades. You will be able to see the famous Space Needle from several spots throughout the city tour. Some of the additional highlights include Pioneer Square, the elegant houses at Lake Washington and the peninsula Magnolia. You may pass by where Bill Gates, the richest person on earth, lives. A second lake, Lake Union, also offers a great picture opportunity with the Seattle Skyline in the background. Depending on your interest and if time allows, finish off with a walk around the farmers market of Seattle.
Please note: Time spent and places visited during the Seattle city tour may differ due to flight departure requirements. The entire group will be transferred to the airport together and will need to arrive in time for the first flight departure.
You will then be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.
Day 20: In flight
Day 21: Australia
Arrive home today.